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Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)

OPCA is committed to improving practices that promote public safety, ensure offender accountability, provide restitution to victims and reduce recidivism. OPCA provides the tools necessary to enable local jurisdictions to make the best use of their staff and programs. The programs funded through OPCA enhance New York's criminal justice and juvenile justice policies and offer specialized services that are supported by research including employment, training, and treatment - all of which substantially contribute to successful and longstanding outcomes.

What's New...

December 16, 2011
Director's Memorandum #2011-25 Adolescent Diversion Parts (ADP)—YASI User Guidance cover memo. To view the full guidance document, click here.
November 23, 2011
The OPCA Shared Services Quality Assurance Meeting of November 3, 2011 featured a presentation by Dr. Merrill Rotter, Medical Director, EAC TASC Mental Health Programs, Associate Clinical Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine entitled, "Targeting Criminal Recidivism in Mentally
Ill Offenders: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approaches."
October 14, 2011
Caseload Explorer Quarterly Review as of September 30, 2011
September 16, 2011
State Director's Memorandum # 2011-18 - New 2011 Law Governing Family Court Intrastate Probation Transfers & Emergency and Proposed Regulatory Amendments to 9 NYCRR Part 349. This proposed rule change is based on changes to Family Court Act section 176 that became effective on June 24, 2011. There will be a 45-day public comment period from the date of official publication in the New York State Register with respect to proposed rulemaking. For a copy of the amendments to the rule text, click here. To view the entire Part 349, click here. Please submit any comments that you may have by close of business Monday, November 21, 2011 to the attention of DCJS Assistant Counsel, Linda J. Valenti at Four Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203-3764 or to her email address: linda.valenti@dcjs.state.ny.us.
September 13, 2011
State Director's Memorandum # 2011-17 - “Leandra’s Law”—Status Report on Implementation. Attachment 1 - Second Quarter 2011 April to June IID Monitors Report Attachment 2 – Implementation Date August 15 2010 to June 30 2011 IID Monitors Report These data indicate that a total of 4,471 IID’s have now been installed in motor vehicles “owned or operated” by persons convicted and sentenced for misdemeanor or felony DWI crimes in New York State since the implementation of “Leandra’s Law” on August 15, 2010.
September 13, 2011
State Director's Memorandum # 2011-16 - Proposed Regulatory Changes to Section 347.4 of 9 NYCRR Part 347. There will be a 45-day public comment period from the date of official publication in the New York State Register with respect to proposed rulemaking. For a copy of the rule text, click here. Please submit any comments that you may have by close of business Monday, November 14, 2011 to the attention of DCJS Assistant Counsel, Linda J. Valenti at Four Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203-3764 or to her email address at linda.valenti@dcjs.state.ny.us.
September 7, 2011
State Director's Memoramdum # 2011-14 - Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rulemaking – State Aid Block Grant There will be a 45-day public comment period from the date of official publication in the New York State Register with respect to proposed rulemaking. For a copy of the rule text, click here. Please submit any comments that you may have by close of business Monday, October 31, 2011 to the attention of DCJS Assistant Counsel, Linda J. Valenti at Four Tower Place, Albany, NY 12203-3764 or to her email address at linda.valenti@dcjs.state.ny.us.
August 30, 2011
Caseload Explorer Quarterly Review as of June 30, 2011
August 2, 2011
Recently released data compiled by OPCA reveal that probation officers in 57 jurisdictions across New York State complete nearly 10,000 risk and need assessments each quarter. To view the full report, please visit: NY COMPAS January-June 2011 Case Reviews by County. For a 2nd quarter 2011 summery, please visit: NYS DCJS OPCA NYCOMPAS Assessments 2nd Quarter 2011 Summary Report.
June 17, 2011
Implementing the Child Passenger Protection Act or "Leandra's Law" in New York State presentation by Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert M. Maccarone to the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in Albany, NY on June 17, 2011.
 
June 17, 7 2011
Shared Services Alternatives to Incarceration Summary 2009-2010 memorandum from Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert M. Maccarone. Shared Services Alternatives to Incarceration Summary 2009-2010 Report.
June 16, 2011
Juvenile Justice Annual Update for 2010 - Prepared by the DCJS Office of Justice Research and Performance for the NYS Juvenile Justice Advisory Group.
June 15, 2011
Probationer Felony Re-Arrest Rates Following Sentence to Probation - Issued March 22, 2011

Parolee/Probationer Arrests as Percent of Total Arrests within County
2001–2010
- Issued April 25, 2011
 
June 15, 2011
OCA Report on The Future of Probation in New York State - Phase I: Criminal Court - February 2007

OCA Report on The Future of Probation in New York State - Phase II: Family Court - November 2008
June 14, 2011
"Leandra's Law" - Status Report on Implementation - Please see the attached statistical reports relating to the installation of Ignition Interlock Devices (IID’s) in New York State as reported by county probation departments and monitoring agencies for the periods January 1 - March 31, 2011, and August 15, 2010 - March 31, 2011, referred to as our Year-To-Date (YTD) Report. These reports indicate that a total of 3,912 IID’s have now been installed in motor vehicles “owned or operated” by persons convicted and sentenced for misdemeanor or felony DWI crimes in New York State since the implementation of “Leandra’s Law” on August 15, 2010. This reflects a substantial increase, nearly doubling the number of IID’s in operation in New York State prior to the implementation of the new law.
June 13, 2011
200% of Poverty Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Summary 2009-2010 Report - The summary report details the aggregated and program specific accomplishments of the 200% of Poverty contracts for 2009-2010. Enrollments for these performance-based contracts during last year totaled 1,740 individuals who were the custodial or non-custodial parents or adult relative primary caretakers of 2,846 minor children. Seven hundred forty-nine (749) participants achieved successful program completion as determined by the criteria established for each of the contracts. Employment results were significant again in 2010 with 777 jobs reported. Ninety-day employment retention was reported at 382; with 180-day retention, at 239. Two hundred ninety-six (296) parents initiated or resumed payment of child support obligations during 2010 subsequent to program enrollments. These numbers, in combination with the jobs obtained by participants, represent increased community ties and a significant contribution to familial well-being, leading to improved public safety for all New Yorkers.
June 10, 2011
Thinking for a Change (T4C) Cognitive Behavioral Program Training and Implementation Report. Statewide T4C Facilitator Summary.
June 10, 2011
State Director's Memorandum #2011-8 - The DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives has submitted a Notice of Adoption for the addition of Part 356 Preliminary Procedure for Article 3 Juvenile Delinquency Intake and technical amendments to its general Intake rule Part 354 to Title 9 NYCRR. Rule text available here. These changes take effect on September 1, 2011.
 
 
May 10, 2011
Caseload Explorer Quarterly Review as of March 31, 2011
 
April 21, 2011
Juvenile Risk Intervention Service Coordination (JRISC) 2008-2010 Annual
Summary Report
released by OPCA. For a brief overview, please see the introductory memorandum.
April 15, 2011
Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert Maccarone recently presented a program entitled Implementing the Child Passenger Protection Act or “Leandra’s Law” in New York State at the New York Statewide Conference on VINE hosted by the New York State Sheriffs Association held in Albany, NY.
April 7, 2011
DCJS OPCA Honors Four Individuals for Outstanding Contribution to Community Corrections.

Onondaga County Probation Officer Kristen Jackson received the 2011 Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer from DCJS-OPCA Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert M. Maccarone and DCJS-OPCA Executive Deputy Director Thomas Slater. Orleans Probation Director Lucille Taylor-Welch; Carol Ludwig, retired commissioner of the Department of Social Services (not pictured) ; and current DSS Commissioner Thomas Kuryla shared the 2011 Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Probation and Social Services.

 
April 4, 2011
2011 Sara Tullar Fasoldt Leadership and Humanitarian Awards - Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert Maccarone presented the Sara Tullar Fasoldt Leadership and Humanitarian Award to Joel Copperman, the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) and Mary Ellen Still, Director of the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections. The Sara Tullar Fasoldt award symbolizes the life and work of Sara Fasoldt who, as former head of the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, sought and succeeded in immeasurably strengthening and improving the field of community corrections. Joel Copperman was honored for his outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the field of community corrections. Under his leadership, CASES provides fair and affordable community sanctions consistent with public safety, and serves 7,500 individuals and their families each year. With Joel Copperman’s visionary leadership, CASES has provided a national model for working effectively with individuals with mental illness involved in the court system. As Director of the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections, Mary Ellen Still has made substantial contributions to the field of community corrections. Under the leadership and guidance of Director Still, the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections effectively supervises approximately 3,000 defendants and probationers as directed by the courts and has been at the forefront of supporting or developing and implementing effective evidence-based supervision strategies.

DCJS-OPCA Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert M. Maccarone (pictured on left) presents CASES President and CEO Joel Copperman with the Sara Tullar Fasoldt Leadership and Humanitarian Award. Dutchess County Probation & Community Corrections Director Mary Ellen Still with Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus.

April 4, 2011
Probationer employment increases from 61.5% in 2009 to 63.4 % in 2010 - Director Maccarone recently issued Director's Memorandum #2011-6 that describes various offender employment efforts. Probationer employment data for 2009 and 2010 reported by probation departments in Annual Plans recently submitted to OPCA indicate an overall increase in employment from 61.5% in 2009 to 63.4 % in 2010. OPCA continues to train probation and alternative to incarceration professionals as Offender Workforce Development Specialists who are able to conduct cognitive groups for offenders using the New York State job readiness and retention curricula Ready Set Work! and Retention Counts!.
April 1, 2011
“Leandra’s Law” - Review of Implementation - Director Maccarone recently issued Director's Memorandum # 2011-5 that provides a summary of data since the passage and implementation of Chapter 496 of the Laws of 2009, or “Leandra’s Law” in New York State over a year ago. Since December 18, 2009, a total of 1,037 individuals have been arrested for DWI with a child under 16 years of age in their motor vehicle, a class E felony offense. another important component of this law, effective August 15, 2010, requires the installation of ignition interlock devices (IID’s) in motor vehicles “owned or operated” by persons convicted of driving while intoxicated or aggravated driving while intoxicated for a minimum period of six months.
March 7, 2011
ATI programs continue to provide critical services to New York State's criminal justice system by providing cost effective programs that reduce unnecessary reliance on incarceration, reduce recidivism and promote public safety and assist individuals change their behaviors and lead law-abiding lives.  Highlights of the 2010 reports include the  following:  
 
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